FORT MILL -- York County's latest blanket of snow may have been fun for Fort Mill students, but it comes at a cost.
Days after seniors cross the stage to get their diplomas, students will return to school.
That's because June 8, previously scheduled as a teacher work day, is now a bad weather make-up day. It would be up to the state to take any action that excuses it, Fort Mill School District Superintendent Keith Callicutt said.
"I doubt they will because it (the snow) did not impact the whole state," he said.
The district's calendar notes that graduation and the last day of school is supposed to be June 5.
"Now, it will be the eighth of June," Callicutt said.
While attendance on that day is mandated for most, some will be exempt.
"Seniors are not required to be there because they normally finish a few days earlier than other students," Callicutt said.
It is uncertain if June 8 will be a full or half day, Callicutt said.
"The schedule has not been decided yet," Callicutt said.
Traditionally, the last two days of school are half days, district spokesman Bob Ormseth said.
The extended school calendar generated no fuss among some parents and students.
"It doesn't bother me," Robert Schilke, whose daughters attend Fort Mill High School, said of the make-up day. "They've got to make it up at some time."
Fort Mill High senior Nick Doughty didn't find fault either.
"As long as I graduate on June 5, it doesn't really matter," said Doughty, who celebrated his 18th birthday Monday. But, "other days should be added to the schedule next year so we won't have to make days up after the end of the school year." Other York County school districts also have designated make-up days in place to offset last week's snow. Students in Rock Hill will attend classes Memorial Day, said Elaine Baker, school district spokeswoman.
Clover students will attend classes Memorial Day, said district spokesman Greg Reid.
In York, students will attend school April 10 to make-up for the snow that blanketed York County on March 2, said Maria Duncan, York district spokeswoman. April 10 is the Friday before spring break kicks off.
"No time is a good time for make-up days," Duncan said. "However, we have an obligation for students to be in school for 180 days."
The state requires school districts to designate three bad weather days.
York officials designated three make-zup days, including Feb. 16, April 10 and May 25, Duncan said. Fort Mill officials designated six days, including Memorial Day and June 8, according to the annual calendar on the district's Web site.
"The [school] board is scheduled to take a second look at our calendar for next year to see if there are improvements that can be made," said Jan Smiley, board chairwoman.
Grea Boyd, a 16-year-old Fort Mill High student, is grateful for the latest make-up date.
"It's better than taking away from spring break," Boyd, a sophomore, said. "I'd rather stay a day later than take away from spring break."
Ellen Bright, a freshman at Nation Ford High School, also favored the make-up day.
"It's a day we're going to have to make up," she said. "It's better to make it up at the end of the year than miss spring break."
On Monday, the Lancaster County School District had not decided on a make-up day for students.
David Knight, director of public information, said that Superintendent Gene Moore could choose a date during spring break or, like Fort Mill, choose a date after graduation. Check www.fortmilltimes.com for updated information.